Schools for Becoming a Credit Analyst: How to Choose

Aspiring credit analysts typically pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting, business or finance, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Relevant education programs are available at 4-year colleges and universities.

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Credit analysts analyze financial statements and produce financial reviews for companies and their clients. Aspiring credit analysts may enroll in finance programs offering relevant coursework such as corporate finance, management, risk situations and insurance, along with practical learning experiences like internships.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Banking Related Services
  • Credit Management
  • Financial Mgmt Services
  • Financial Planning Services
  • International Finance
  • Investments and Securities
  • Public Finance Mgmt

Top Business Schools

These schools offer prime programs in finance, accounting, and/or business administration.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-16)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergrad: $49,536
Grad: $34,268
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,704
Grad: $49,272
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergrad: $13,431 in-state, $38,139 out-of-state
Grad: $13,431 in-state, $28,533 out-of-state
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergrad: $13,856 in-state, $43,476 out-of-state
Grad: $20,966 in-state, $42,016 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Postgraduate Certificate Undergrad: $47,750
Grad: $40,984
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 4-year, Public Master's, Doctoral, Undergraduate Certificate Undergrad: $15,192 in-state, $44,365 out-of-state
Grad: $17,094 in-state, $26,892 out-of-state
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergrad: $50,665
Grad: $41,371
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergrad: $8,591 in-state, $53,673 out-of-state
Grad: $11,074 in-state, $28,285 out-of-state
University of Texas - Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergrad: $9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state
Grad: $10,934 in-state, $20,762 out-of-state
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $29,581

*Source: NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Students interested in credit analyst programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:

  • Internships in banking or insurance settings could fulfill some of the work experience preferred by most employers.
  • Educational tracks resulting in qualification to become a certified public accountant (CPA) may take five years to complete due to the CPA certification examination's mandatory minimum requirement of 150 credit hours.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree programs that include mandatory projects, specifically within the concentration areas of finance, accounting and business, could be useful portfolio-building opportunities for graduates seeking employment.
  • Distance education and part-time options are available at some schools for students who are currently employed or are geographically distant from a desired school.

Bachelor's Degree in Finance

A bachelor's degree in finance can be completed in four years. An internship may be required or available as an option. Coursework may include global finance, insurance, financial securities, investment, and corporate finance.

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

Bachelor's degree programs in accounting may qualify students for CPA certification as well as employment as a credit analyst. Coursework could include taxation, finances, economics, statistics, and information systems.

Bachelor of Business Administration

BBA programs may be completed in four years and allow students to choose a concentration in a major area of the business world, such as finance, accounting, organizational marketing or management. Coursework is largely concentration-specific, with core courses including business management, human resources, and financial planning. Internship experiences and final projects may also be included within the curriculum.

Master of Business Administration

MBA programs commonly allow for a great deal of flexibility in course scheduling, particularly in the second and final years. Many programs culminate in a thesis, though non-thesis tracks may be available. The core curriculum may focus on advanced concepts of business principles, such as macroeconomics, organizational theory, and financial accounting.

Many of the best schools offer business administration degrees, while finance and accounting degrees are slightly less common. Any of these degrees can be valuable to an aspiring credit analyst.

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